The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has compiled a draft revision to Japan’s Basic Energy Plan, which indicates the direction of the government’s energy policy. The revision brings our attention to the predicted ratios of various power sources in fiscal 2030. In order to reduce our dependence on carbon, renewable energy sources were increased from 22 to 24% three years ago to 36 to 38% in the latest draft revision. Some view this increase as being insufficient in making renewable energy Japan’s main energy source. But we commend the willingness expressed to undertake the maximum possible implementation of renewable energy as an utmost priority. Meanwhile, doubts remain about the percentage of power generation comprising nuclear reactors. The new Basic Energy Plan is trying to maintain the 20 to 22% set in the 2015 revisions to the Basic Energy Plan, but that is unrealistic. To achieve that kind of ratio, Japan would need to be operating around 27 nuclear reactors at a high rate in fiscal 2030. However, since the major incident at Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, only 10 nuclear reactors have resumed operations. The percentage of power generated by nuclear reactors in fiscal 2019 was a mere 6%.
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